With technology pervading every inch of our lives, death alone seemed to give us a respite from it. So, when a crematorium in the city recently launched the Wi-Fi service, everyone was taken by surprise.
From light-hearted comments about how the dead also needed WhatsApp and Facebook entertainment from the confines of their grave, some were of the view that the concept might disturb the peace of the deceased. One reporter even said, “Death can take us out of this world, but it cannot take technology out of us.”
However, there was a simple logic that prompted the caretaker of the Corporation crematorium, an NGO that also works for the marginalised, to offer the digital connect. A member of the NGO explained that Wi-Fi services would come in handy for those who wanted to livestream funeral services for those who were unable to attend it. “It will also help people navigate and help share directions, besides live streaming the services for those missing the funeral,” he said.
Apparently, this is not the first crematorium in the country to embrace technology. A crematorium in Hyderabad went the tech way in 2015 and more are likely to follow in its wake soon. A few years from now, if you’re unable to attend a funeral, all you need to do is to just login to Facebook live, and who knows, you might even get an emoticon from inside the pyre!! — Janani Sampath, Chennai